July 19, 2010
For some happy reason no one — except the Italians and a few others in the know — has heard of Liguria aside from well-known towns Portofino and Cinque Terre. It is for this exact reason that I have come to adore this small crescent-shaped region of Italy.
I love to be away from mass tourism and well-known places, and the ocean, hills, clement climate, amazing food and lovely people most certainly heighten the appeal of this wonderful area. For my week of vacation from studying Italian in Genoa (my favorite Italian city, also located in Liguria) I rooted up the perfect apartment in the medieval village of Colletta di CastelBianco.
Left to abandon for many years, an Italian developer picked up this empty, decaying hilltop spot and turned it into a sweet little village with 70 small apartments (about 25 of which are available for rent), a pool, a restaurant and lots of lovely outdoor space.
What is even more interesting, aside from the fact that the village is a haven of peace and tranquility despite it being mid- July and supposedly high tourist season, is that the entire village is equipped with broadband internet and all the flats are wired with wifi or ethernet cables.
The location could not be better for hanging by the pool, exploring hilltop towns or being a beach bum at any of the number of easily accessible beaches a short drive away. My personal favorites are Final Ligure and Varigotti.
For reservations in the village you can contact the lovely Alexandra on the site below and let her know HiP Paris sent you!
- Colletta: colletta.it (info on the village, sales & rentals)
- Great blog on Liguria: http://beautiful-liguria.blogspot.com
- Bella Vita Italia – Italian Travel specialist located in Liguria. Megan has amazing rentals and can help with vacation planning
- Two other adorable looking rentals in Colletta:
Written by Erica Berman
Erica Berman grew up in Lexington,Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica came to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she never left. Erica is the founder and owner of Haven in Paris and the blog HiP Paris. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre), Maine (Damariscotta), Massachusetts (Lexington) and Italy (Genova). In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris, read, take photos, cook, ski, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends.
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